Manchester United sit a lowly seventh in the Premier League table. When it comes to social media interactions, the club are in a league of their own.
Perhaps the club had this in mind when posting a tweet celebrating Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic celebration this week.
The time for celebrating Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at the club is long gone. That’s not us being party-poopers, there is simply nothing to celebrate right now.
Ronaldo signed for United looking for a title fight, and looks like he will have to settle for a battle to just get into the top four.
Even with Ronaldo currently United’s top scorer with nine more than any other player at the club, it’s doubtful any fan is running round shouting ‘Siuuu’ right now.
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Compared to a year ago when United surprisingly surged to the top of the Premier League table, the mood among the fanbase has sunk lower than anybody could have anticipated.
That’s not Ronaldo’s fault, although some would argue somehwhat unfairly that he has played his part, but it’s clear his signing has not been the ‘missing piece’ in the United jigsaw like many supporters hoped it might be.
With no permanent manager in place since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, United need some direction. The time for blindly believing Ronaldo would fix everything has long gone already.
Responses to United’s message were highly critical, with opposing fans mocking the tweet, while responses from United supporters were just as vitriolic.
Embarrassing. Sunk further than titanic we have— Brian Smith 🥶🥶 (@BRIANSMITHH88) January 12, 2022
No I go about my day thinking about how much the owners and board are ruining are great club— UtdIrish (@Scottyirl) January 12, 2022
No, I go about wondering where this club is going and how we are gonna become a serious club again. Although I know the answer to that#GlazersOut— 𝙅𝙃 💯 (@mufcjxyy) January 12, 2022
No, you’ve sucked all of the joy out of my life the last few weeks— Eric Campbell (@EricAnRi) January 12, 2022
Imagine how many times we would be saying Siuuuuuuu if we had a proper midfielder, who can tackle, hold and pass the ball ⚽️— ℕ𝕕𝕚𝕧𝕙𝕦𝕙𝕠 𝕋𝕤𝕙𝕚𝕤𝕙𝕠𝕟𝕘𝕒 (@Ndivhuho__) January 12, 2022
Ronaldo needs more help
Ronaldo cannot do it all by himself. He has been let down by his teammates since he joined, with the United players lacking the same winning mentality he has, and the quality he needs around him.
United’s midfield is substandard, and the club’s attacking players have failed to deliver. Bruno Fernandes has scored twice since the opening day of the season, while Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford have 1 goal in their last 21 appearances combined.
Can Ronaldo do more? Probably, but there should be a limit on what any club expects from a 36-year-old forward, who has 14 goals in the first half of the season.
The sooner United start making improvements around Ronaldo, then United will enjoy more success on the pitch. This can come down to better coaching, smarter recruitment, and more highly motivated players.
Just don’t expect 100 Siuuu’s a day. Ever.
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